Bangladesh Cabinet clears deal with India for port usage

DHAKA: Bangladesh’s Cabinet on Monday approved the draft of a proposed agreement with India to enable New Delhi to use the Chittagong and Mongla ports for goods movement to and from northeast India.

“The agreement would allow India to use Chattogram (Chittagong) and Mongla ports to carry goods to their northeastern states in a very short time,” Cabinet Secretary Shafiul Alam said after a Cabinet meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

“A draft of the communication network being built for connectivity between the Chattogram and Mongla ports has been approved for India’s signing. One of the provisions says that Nepal and Bhutan can be added to the agreement if they wish,” he said.

He said the draft suggested the agreement to be effective for five years with a provision of automatic renewal for another five years while either of the countries could scrap it giving a six-month notice. (AGENCIES)